Orgatronics is the brainchild of producer duo Sam Bell and Rich Arthurs who wanted to fuse traditional flamenco and latin instruments and techniques with state-of-the-art electronica and a pop music sensibility. Add to this the dreamy vocals of ex-classical star Emily Levy, squidgey keyboards from Morcheeba's Dan Goldman, sublime jazz trumpet, and the result is the debut album Moonfruit.
Or, to put it another way: think Manu Chao starting a fight with the Gotan Project cheered on by Air and Tito Puente. This works as an Ibiza chill-out album, but it goes way deeper.
Note: Track 2: Briga Â' appears on Latin Vibes: Lounge Selection, (Mettle Music), and on the Iberian ambient compilation La Cova '05'
Orgatronics is the lovechild of Sam Bell, who originally trained as a conguero in Havana, Cuba, and has been a percussionist and bandleader on the UK's Latin scene for many years, and co-producer and classical guitarist Rich Arthurs. Fusing traditional flamenco and Latin instrumentation and techniques with electronica and jazz, they have collaborated with a range of musicians to produce their debut album. The project features keyboards from Dan Goldman of morcheeba, trumpet from Malcolm Strachan (Scottish jazz musician of the year) and sublime vocals from Emily Levy, whose background in mediaeval and classical music lends an ethereal quality to the sound of the band. Viva Cuba sets the tone with a mellow Cuban groove, tango style accordion and mariachi trumpets topped off with dubby production twists. Briga is more electronical with sweet melodies and female vox reminiscent of Zero 7. Favela Chic? is a more urban Brazilian funk party thing with the beat evolving into drum and bass. Slow Train From Juliaca is like Up, Bustle & Out meets Kruder & Dorfmeister, Rhodes led ethnic electronica. Omnia opens with lazy Rhodes, accordion and guitar but morphs into Pink Floyd psychedelia in a very satisfying way aided by Emily?s chanted vocals. You can tell Sam and Rich know their roots and it?s great to see them try to grow something fresh. - Richard EUndercover
An eclectic worldiness and conteptorary electronica? - IDJ
?does flash the occasional glib of brilliance. - DJ
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